The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has confirmed that although the vaccine is ‘voluntary and not mandatory,’ Spain will keep a national register of all those people who refuse to take the coronavirus vaccine.

He said that it is right and proper that the information will be shared with other European partners but it will it will be maintained with the utmost respect for data protection, and it will not be made available to either the general public or to employers.

The minister confirmed that the vaccine will be provided free of charge by the National Health System and that each member of the public will be notified of their appointment to receive the vaccination in due course.

He also said that the way to defeat the virus was “to vaccinate everyone – the more the better,” and that people should have confidence in the vaccine which is completely safe.”

Illa confirmed that six of the seven vaccines purchased by the EU are double-dose, and as such members of the public will be summoned to receive the first dose and “when they are due to receive the second dose, they will be called again”.

Spain has been one of the countries in Europe worst affected by the virus.

As the number of people who have died from Covid-19 in Spain rose above the 50,000 mark on Monday, It is currently rolling out the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was approved for EU member states last week, in care homes across the country.